Rhodes Merit Scholarships
Merit awards serve to recognize individual students for their academic talent, service, or leadership achievements. These highly competitive awards are determined on an individual basis and celebrate the strength and achievements of each admitted student, in and out of the classroom.
All applicants are considered for these awards when they apply, but priority consideration is given to students who submit their application in accordance with stated deadlines. Following is a list of our merit-based scholarships (effective for 2021-22 incoming students only):
- Cambridge Scholarship: $35,000 per year
- Presidential Scholarship: $32,000 per year
- Dean’s Scholarship: $32,000 per year
- Ralph C. Hon Scholarship: $30,000 per year
- Diehl Scholarship: $27,000 per year
Fellowships take scholarships a step further by providing students with the chance to participate in important study, research, creative work, and service with like-minded peers. Fellowships provide a way to put academics into action, build a student’s resume, and be part of a learning community.
Fellowships require a specialized application process. Use the below links to access the current fellowships available (effective for 2021-22 incoming students only):
- Day Scholarship: $35,000 per year
- Fine Arts Scholarship: Up to $12,500 per year
- Bonner Scholarship: $12,500 per year in addition to any other Rhodes aid
- Taylor Scholarship in Physics: Up to $15,000 per year in addition to any other Rhodes aid
- IMPACT STEM Scholarship: $9,000 per year in addition to any other Rhodes aid
- Jewish Community Fellowship: $10,000 per year renewable for up to three years
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
Rhodes, in cooperation with the University of Memphis and the Departments of the Air Force, Army and Navy, participates in crosstown agreements that provide the opportunity for Rhodes students to enroll in Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), Military Science (Army ROTC) and Naval Science (Navy ROTC) at the University of Memphis. Although a student takes the ROTC courses at The University of Memphis, that student is a full-time student at Rhodes, and any financial assistance provided by the military services is based on tuition and fees at Rhodes. Upon successful completion of the reserve officer training programs and the undergraduate degree at Rhodes, a student receives a commission as a second lieutenant or an ensign in the appropriate military service. Visit the current Rhodes College Catalogue for degree-specific course details.
Institutional fellowships, scholarships, and grants may be used to pay Rhodes tuition, fees, room and board only (direct cost), unless otherwise specified, and are awarded on a full-academic year (two semesters), fall and spring semesters only. Please note, Rhodes scholarships may have to be reduced if you receive awards from outside sources that in combination exceed direct costs.